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Milk, Balham
Ed Marshall

Balham area guide

Looking for great things to do in Balham? Check out the best restaurants, bars and pubs, markets and attractions in the south London neighbourhood

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Tucked between buzzy Clapham and newly-cool Tooting, Balham is something of a south London hotspot. Though it has kept its local community feel, SW12 now offers a wide variety of restaurants, some cool cocktail bars and plenty of characterful pubs. Just off the high road, Hildreth Street is well worth a visit, especially now its age-old market is surrounded by an enviable selection of coffee shops, delis and brunch spots. Whether you’re young or slightly-less-young, there’s definitely a place for you to hang out in Balham.

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Things to do in Balham

Balham Swimming Pool

Balham Swimming Pool

High vaulted ceilings and oodles of natural light make this a pleasant place to do a few lengths. 

Restaurants in Balham

Arlo’s

Arlo’s

  • price 1 of 4

‘Steak is what we do’, says the blurb, but don’t come here expecting the dark, sultry glitz of a US steakhouse. Arlo’s is a bright,...

The Avalon

The Avalon

Balham’s poshest gastropub is a summertime hole-up par excellence, with no fewer than three outdoor spaces to explore: a chilled courtyard area, a buzzy...

The Bedford

The Bedford

  • price 2 of 4

Famous as an iconic music venue and comedy club, this sprawling Balham boozer is now making some noise as a foodie destination following its re-launch. Head...

Brother Marcus

Brother Marcus

Put together on a shoestring by three multi-talented, twentysomething school friends, Brother Marcus sells itself as an all-purpose neighbourhood hangout. By...

Bars in Balham

Hagen & Hyde

Hagen & Hyde

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Huge bar with roof space and garden.

Pubs in Balham

Bedford

Bedford

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

A busy corner pub.

The perfect weekend in Balham

Hotels in or near Balham